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Ruth Pfau (Pakistan's Mother Teresa) Biography, Age, Death, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 9, 2019

Short Biography

Ruth Pfau (Pakistan's Mother Teresa) was born on 09-09-1929 in Leipzig in the state of Saxony, Germany. She was a German-born Pakistani Nun, Activist, Social Worker, Philanthropist, Humanitarian & Founder of MALC (Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre).

Other Name: Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, Pakistan's Mother Teresa
Other Professions: Activist Social Worker Philanthropist Humanitarian Founder

Ruth Pfau Complete Bio & Career

Ruth Pfau’s full name is Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau. She grew up at the warzone during the Second World War and lost her home as well. She along with her family relocated to West Germany and chose medicine as her career. She enrolled at the University of Mainz and studied medicine there. From Evangelical Protestant, she got converted to Roman Catholicism. In 1957, she got associated with Daughters of the Heart of Mary, a Catholic order. She was supposed to come to India in 1960 but had to content with a Pakistani visa. She stayed in Karachi and traveled whoe of Pakistn and border areaas of Afghanistan and rescued patients. After staying for there for a year, she decided to stay back in Pakistan and serve the people of Pakistan.   
In 1961 there was a leprosy breakout in Pakistan and she started medical treatment for the leprosy patients in a hut in Karachi. The government of Pakistan appointed her as the Federal Advisor on Leprosy in the Government of Pakistan. She then served in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1979. Since there were hardly any medical facilities available for leprosy patients in Pakistan, she collected funds from Germany and served the people of Pakistan. She was awarded the Pakistani citizenship in the year 1988. It was because of her efforts that WHO declared Pakistan as one the first Asian countries which have controlled leprosy. 
For her contribution to the society, she was felicitated with various awards during her lifetime. She was felicitated with prestigious awards such as Order of Merit (Germany), Ramon Magsaysay Award, and Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam among various others. 

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

She died on 10-08-2017 in Karachi, Pakistan at the age of 87.

DEATHDAY 10 August,2017 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Karachi, Sindh

Ruth Pfau Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She had 1 brother and 4 sisters.

Life's Important Dates Of Ruth Pfau

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Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Blue
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Leipzig, Germany
Nationality Pakistani
Religion Christian
Address Karachi, Pakistan
School N/A
College University of Mainz, Mainza, Germany
Qualification Graduate in Medicine
Hobbies Reading Books and Travelling
Marital Status Unmarried
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Cricket and Football

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Ruth Pfau

  • On her 90th birth anniversary google honoured her with a google-doodle.
  • The Civil Hospital Karachi was renamed to Dr Ruth Pfau Hospital as an acknowledgment of her selfless services.
  • She was hailed as Pakistan's "Mother Teresa" after her work towards helping people displaced by the 2010 Pakistan floods.
  • Besides a social worker she was also an author and has penned down 9 books.
  • Pakistan post issued 50000 commemorative stamp to honour her services after her death in 2017.

Ruth Pfau Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Ruth Pfau was 87 years 11 months & 1 day old age.